The bulk of my sports work is on football, but I have also written articles on cricket, basketball and baseball. 

IPL Latest: Eoin Morgan to take over as Kolkata Knight Riders captain

ENGLAND’S WHITE BALL captain Eoin Morgan will take over as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders following Dinesh Karthik’s decision to stand down in order to focus on his batting. Mr Morgan rejoined the franchise for this season’s IPL having previously represented the side from 2011 until 2013. He has also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Venky Mysore, the chief executive of the Knight Riders told the team’s website: “We are fortunate to have le

Cricket Latest: IPL Mid-Season Window Explained

THE 2020 IPL will be the first to feature a mid-season transfer, which began today. Here, we explain the rules behind the window. The window opens as all teams have now played seven games. As per The Times of India, the only type of transfer permitted will be loans. This means that the player will return to his club for the 2021 season unless another agreement is made between the franchise. All players, Indian or overseas, capped or uncapped are eligible to make moves. The two franchises m

Football latest: Robbie Fowler on verge of joining East Bengal as manager - reports claim

Fowler during his time with Perth Glory. FORMER ENGLAND and Liverpool Robbie Fowler is set to join East Bengal as manager for the side’s first Indian Super League season. Several sources including Goal have reported the parties have been in negotiation since September, though no official confirmation has yet been made. With 163 goals, Mr Fowler is the seventh-highest Premier League goalscorer of all time, with 128 coming for Liverpool, 14 for Leeds United and 21 for Manchester City. Mr Fowle

Football Latest: East Bengal to play in the 2020-21 Indian Super League

EAST BENGAL have confirmed the success of their application to join the Indian Super League next season. The Red and Gold Brigade who celebrated their centenary last month, will be the 11th side in the league. The team took to Twitter with the news. The club wrote: “We know you have been waiting, and we have been waiting too. “We are happy to announce that The East Bengal Club is playing in the #ISL. “We thank all for the constant support and confidence that you rendered on us. “We are all

Football latest: East Bengal apply to join Indian Super League

I-LEAGUE club East Bengal have confirmed they have made an application to join the Indian Super League. East Bengal were second in the I-League behind arch-rivals Mohun Bagan when the league was canceled and Mohun Bagan were awarded the title. The team’s greatest spell of dominance in the former National Football League came in the early 2000s with the side’s 3 domestic titles coming in 2001, 2003 and 2004. The club posted on Twitter, an image that read: “We are extremely happy to announce th

IPL Opening Weekend Live Stream Preview

THIS weekend sees the IPL get underway in the United Arab Emirates. To review the opening weekend, we have a live chat, available on the Desi Sportscast YouTube page and with a link being posted on the Desi Sportscast Twitter page. On Saturday, the Mumbai Indians face Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi, before Dubai hosts Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. As mentioned on last weekend’s podcast, the coronavirus situation resulted in the competition moving to UAE. At the time of writin

India international opens up at pride of seeing talent from northeast India

FC ODISHA midfielder Vinit Rai has played eleven times for the India national football team. Hailing from Dispur in the state of Assam, he is one of a number of players from the northeast of India to make it professionally. Mr Rai was in the most recent India squad for the World Cup qualifier with Oman in November 2019. That squad also featured Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, born in Manipur, Sarthak Golui from Kolkata, Pritam Kotal from Uttarpara, Lallianzula Chhangte from Lunglei, Udanta Singh

Dalima Chhibber reveals why she took the decision to take a sabbatical from international duty

DALIMA CHHIBBER signed for the Manitoba Bisons just over a year ago. The Bisons are the athletic teams of the University of Manitoba. At the time, Ms Chhibber was captain of the India national team but took a sabbatical from the side to join the Bisons. She explained her decision to Desi Sportscast: “It’s always a difficult decision when it comes to moving away from the national team for a while to join another team, that decision came for me after looking at the bigger picture, what I wanted

Floyd Pinto opens up on being a football coach during coronavirus lockdown: ‘Grown tired of talking!’

FLOYD PINTO spoke about his experience of the coronavirus lockdown during his Desi Sportcast appearance in June. Mr Pinto who has coached the India Under 20 team and Indian Arrows revealed he was based in Mumbai during this period. Though the Indian Super League had managed to conclude in mid-March, the nation’s other topflight football league, the I-League was suspended with about a quarter of the campaign still left to play. Mohun Bagan were declared league champions and the AIFF confirme

Chief Operations Officer of the Czech Cricket Union reveals how the sport got a foothold in the nation

Terry O’Connor explained to the podcast how the sport which did not have a single club until 23 years ago began to get a small foothold in the country. Mr O’Connor explained: “The same way it has in most countries, if not all countries with a few immigrants who came from cricket playing countries, initially in particular from Britain, the first club was formed here in 1997, and it was basically made up of people from traditional cricket playing countries. “Very much continued, mostly in that f

Football latest: Arshdeep Singh reveals what it was like to be part of the AIFF academy

FC ODISHA goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh was selected to be part of the AIFF Elite Academy when he was 17 years old. The AIFF founded the academy to help develop footballers in the country. Mr Singh told Desi Sportscast: “When I went to the AIFF academy, they came for a tournament I was playing for Chandigarh Football Academy, for the academy team, so we were in the final, they saw me there and asked me for trials.” He travelled to Mumbai, where he was selected for the academy. Mr Singh added: “W

Abhijit Khan explains how cricket has seen such rapid growth in Germany

Germany is more commonly associated with football GERMANY is likely not the first country that comes to mind when you think of cricket. But the sport is rapidly growing in the country with 2,000 kids playing the sport. In the 2018-19 ICC T20 World Cup Europe qualifier, Germany progressed to the regional finals and lost out on qualification to the final qualifier on net run-rate with Jersey just edging ahead. Abhijit Khan is the coach of the U19 team and having previously played cricket in Mu

Book Review: The Acid Test by Clyde Best

In April 1972, history was made at the Boleyn Ground as West Ham United played Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham manager Ron Greenwood, who later gave an international debut to England’s first black player, picked three black players for the first time in English football. They were Bermudan forward Clyde Best, Nigerian born US striker Ade Coker, who scored that day, and Canning Town-born full-back John Charles. The Acid Test is Best’s autobiography. The title coming from an anonymous letter sent to h

Book Review: Life According to Freddie Flintoff

Life According to Freddie Flintoff sees Flintoff discuss quite a few aspects of his life. He talks about growing up in Preston playing cricket and chess, his cricket career, his time as a boxer, his media work, his showbiz work, family life and life in general. It is quite honestly, a gripping and captivating read. Flintoff is brutally honest about himself and at times, downright hilarious. Particularly amusing is a prank involving an alarm clock he plays on David Lloyd whilst on tour in Pakis

Book Review: The Life and Times of a Famous Football Club by Tom Wright

Hibernian Football Club was founded in 1875 in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh by a group from the city’s Irish community. Tom Wright delves into the first 142 years of the club’s history in his book: The Life and Times of a Famous Football Club. It is a gripping read with Wright discussing the early challenges facing the club in the early years of the organised game in Scotland, through two World Wars, the era of the Famous Five, memorable European nights against Barcelona and Napoli, the attem

Plastic Waste back under the spotlight as London Marathon approaches

Plastic Waste back under the spotlight as London Marathon approaches 26 April marks the return of the London Marathon, which has gained a reputation over the years for the amount of plastic waste generated. In 2018, an estimated 760,000 plastic bottles were thrown away by competitors and spectators. As a result, last year from the 23 mile mark, runners were given seaweed pouches which can biodegrade in four-six weeks. Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose and release harmful c
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